Compression/Loudness as part of a contract?
Okay, so in recent months Eminem has been on a few records with other artists, namely: Drop The World (lil Wayne), Forever (Wayne, Kanye, Drake) and now recently Airplane II (B.o.B, Hayley Williams).
On all these records he sounds louder/more compressed than anyone else on the record. Anyone else notice that? I found the pella for Forever and you can see it in the waveform.
I'm just curious, why do you think that is? I mean, could be his voice, he tends to cut through a mix really well, but could it be part of the agreement when you get eminem to feature on a track? Or maybe it's just that he has his own engineer mixing his particular verses, since it seems like, atleast on Forever (but probably for most tracks) one artist puts down a verse and then it gets sent around and cats decide if they wanna get on it or not... shit I wouldn't be surprised if each of those verses were recorded in different cities lmao
I suppose the high compression has just become part of eminem's sound the same way his super tight dubs are. I bet there are even particular mic's, EQ & compression presets etc. I'd be curious to see the signal chain.
Let me know what you think.
PS If you lost faith in em and you haven't heard Airplane II yet... prepare to have your faith restored.